Natural Gas Safety
Like any source of eneergy, natural gas can be dangerous if missued. Respect all energy sources and use them properly.
If you smell gas or suspect a leak:
Do not operate:
Do not light a match.
- Look for the blue flame. If pilot lights and burners have a steady, blue flame, they are operating correctly. Decorative gas fire logs are the only exception. Their flame is usually yellow.
- Have all gas appliances, furnaces, vents, flues, chimneys and gas lines in your home or business inspected every year or two by qualified industry professionals.
- Keep the areas around all appliance and equipment clean and unblocked to allow for proper air flow.
- Follow manufacturer instructions for the care and use of gas appliances and equipment.
- Make sure there is at least one multipurpose fire extinguisher in your home or place of business.
- If you use natural gas you should have at least one battery operated CO detector in the bedroom area.
- Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.
- In the laundry room, keep filters and exhausts cleaned and properly vented. Check vents regularly for blockage.
- Don't store flammable liquids near the furnance or gas water heater.
- Keep the area around the water heater free of clutter.
- To prevent scalding, set water heat no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Have your furnace inspected every year and keep the filter clean.
- Never hang things from utility pipes.
- Natural gas is delivered through a network of underground pipelines; locate them on your property before you dig by calling 811.